“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to
the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato
Young Hyun Cho is an Associate Professor of Piano at Michigan State University. She received her D.M.A. from Eastman School of Music with Dr. Nelita True, M.M. and G.P.D. from Peabody Conservatory with Boris Slutsky, and B.M. from Seoul National University with Mikyung Kim. Prior to her appointment at MSU, Young Hyun Cho was an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Her concert activities have taken her around the world. She has performed in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, and throughout the United States. Recent reviews on her piano playing include the Aachen Zeitung of Germany: “Hohe Kunst auf den Tasten” (High Art on the Keys), “Hoch anspruchsvolles Repertoire vorgetragen in selten zu horender Perfektion” (A highly challenging repertoire presented with a rare to hear perfection), “Hochkaratigen Klavierkonzert” (a high-profile piano concert).
Young Hyun Cho has performed as a featured soloist with orchestras of KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony (twice), Seoul National Symphony, Korean Symphony, Daejeon Philharmonic, Eurasian Philharmonic, International Chamber Ensemble of Rome, Eastman Symphony, Holland Symphony, New Philharmonic of Irving, Northeast Symphony, and University of Texas at Arlington.
Young Hyun Cho has given performances and master classes at venues such as the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival in collaboration with the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (U.S.A.); Minimes Music Festival Brussels, Korean Cultural Center Brussels (Belgium); Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum synagogue, Regensburg University, Bonn synagogue, Schlosskapelle Zitadelle in Jülich (Germany); Istituto Musicale Luigi Boccherini in Lucca, Palazzo Biscari in Sicily (Italy); Centro de Ciencias de Banasque Pedro Pascual (Spain); World Piano Conference (Serbia); IUGTE International Conference (Austria); Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, Sejong Grand Hall, Seoul National University, Yonsei University (Korea); University-College Sedaya International (Malaysia); and Goethe Institut (Korean and Thailand).
Other venues in the United States include the Texas Music Teachers Association, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Baylor University, Texas State University at San Marcos, West Texas A&M University, Midwestern State University (TX); Levine School of Music (DC); Virginia Commonwealth University (VA); California State University at Long Beach, Humboldt State University (CA); Bowling Green State University (OH); Auburn University (AL); North Carolina State University, Meredith College (NC); South Carolina State University (SC); Missouri State University (MO); University of Central Oklahoma (OK); Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, McNeese State University (LA); Henderson State University (AR); Oakland University (MI); Northwestern College, Morningside College, Briar Cliff University (IA); and Hawaii University International Conference (HI).
Young Hyun Cho has garnered numerous awards and accolades in music competitions, including the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Louisiana International Piano Competition, Harrison Winter Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Korea Musicians Association Competition, JoongAng Times Music Competition, Seoul Arts Center Orchestral Festival Competition, and KBS Music Competition.
Young Hyun Cho has given many chamber concerts with a variety of instrumentalists and singers in Germany, Korea, and throughout the United States. She has worked with Oleh Krysa (violin), Mikhail Kopelman (violin), Shirley Givens (violin), Martin Beaver (violin), Alan Stepansky (cello), Jean Barr (piano), Robert Swenson (voice), Peabody Trio (chamber) and Ying Quartet (chamber).
Young Hyun Cho has frequently adjudicated at music competitions, including the Dallas Chamber Symphony Orchestra International Piano Competition and the state and regional divisions of the MTNA Music Competition.